Childhood Obesity in America

Globally, childhood obesity prevalence rates have proliferated into a pandemic affecting all countries irrespective of their income levels. The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 42 million children worldwide are categorized as being overweight or obese (World Health Organization (WHO), 2013). In America, childhood obesity is a critical public health issue, with prevalence rates tripling over the last three decades. Notably, statistics indicates that nearly 12.5 million children and adolescents between the ages of two and nineteen years are categorized as obese (Ogden, Carroll, Kit, & Flegal, 2012).

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The researcher will seek and provide clarification for any issues emerging from the interview. This will guarantee a ‘positive closure’ to the interview process. Any observations will be recorded in field notes immediately after the interview to ensure that the actual interview process is not disturbed and as well as guarantee the integrity of the data. Also, the researcher will maintain a reflective journal to record his insights and personal reflections on the interviews.

References
Fryar, C., Carroll, M., & Ogden, C. (2012). Prevalence of obesity among children and adolescents: United States, trends 1963-1965 through 2009-2010. Retrieved from CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hestat/obesity_child_09_10/obesity_child_09_10.pdf

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